IDF begins ‘air and ground’ operations against Gaza to quell ongoing terror attacks

May 14, 2021 by JNS
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The Israeli Defence Forces began a heavy bombardment against Palestinian terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip late Thursday evening.

The Israel Defence Forces Artillery Corps fires into the Gaza Strip from the border on May 12, 2021. May 13, 2021. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

“IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF wrote on Twitter, without providing more details on the scope of the operation.

It does not appear that the military has launched a full ground operation, though earlier in the day, it called up thousands of reserves.

Anticipating a heavy response by Hamas, the IDF ordered all Israelis living within four kilometres of the Gaza border to remain in their bomb shelters until further notice.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas will pay a heavy price. “I said that we would exact a very heavy price on Hamas, we are doing this and we will continue with great force. The final word has not been said, and this operation will continue for as long as needed,” declared the Israeli leader, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

Earlier on Thursday, Defence Minister Benny Gantz approved the call-up of 9,000 reservists, after the previous approval of 7,000 reservists.

The 9,000 personnel will enter combat units and supporting headquarters as part of “Operation Guardian of the Walls,” Gantz’s office said in a statement, adding that they will be stationed in the IDF’s Southern, Central and Northern Command in place of other units mobilized to other missions.

JNS

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